STARKVILLE - Mississippi State's Armelie Lumanu scored a career-high 29 points as the Lady Bulldogs defeated in-state rival Alcorn State 108-67 in a women's basketball game played Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs closed out their non-conference slate by improving to 9-4 on the campaign. MSU is now 8-0 inside the Humphrey Coliseum this year. All eight home wins have come by a margin of 29 points or greater. Alcorn State fell to 0-9 with the defeat.
For MSU, the 108 points set a new standard for this season. It was also the most points scored by a Southeastern Conference team this season. For MSU, Wednesday's output was the largest since a 109-62 win over Jacksonville State on Dec. 15, 2001.
Wednesday's contest started out as an offensive shootout. In the first five minutes of the contest, the teams battled to a 17-17 tie. MSU then found its rhythm on the defensive end, rolling off a 17-2 run. Defensively, MSU held Alcorn State to one field goal over an eight minute stretch.
That defensive spurt, coupled with 58.3 percent shooting from the field in the opening half, allowed the hosts to take a commanding 55-29 advantage at halftime.
In the game's final half, the Lady Bulldogs shot only one percentage point less while forcing the Lady Braves into 13 second-half turnovers.
A 9-0 run fueled in part by seven points from Channa Campbell helped the Lady Bulldogs open up their largest lead of the contest at 53 points in the closing minutes.
For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 41 of 71 shots from the field (51.7 percent), 9 of 20 shots from 3-point range (45.0 percent) and 17 of 21 shots from the foul line (81.0 percent). The Lady Braves hit 27 of 63 shots from the field (42.9 percent), 4 of 11 shots from 3-point range (36.4 percent) and 9 of 14 shots from the foul line (64.3 percent).
MSU held a 42-30 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had 26 assists and 17 turnovers, while the Lady Braves had 16 assists and 23 turnovers.
Lumanu finished 29 points on a an 11-of-13 shooting night from the field. Alexis Rack had 21 points and a team-high nine assists. Also in double figures for MSU were Chanel Mokango with 14 points, Tysheka Grimes with 10 points and Diamber Johnson with 10 points. Mokango, Lumanu and Grimes each had a team-high eight rebounds.
Alcorn State received 14 points from Kiara Ruffin and 11 points from Renelle Richmond.
The Lady Bulldogs ring in the New Year next week with their SEC opener. MSU hosts No. 16 Vanderbilt in an 8 p.m. start next Thursday night. That contest will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast.
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